I am Amanda Baird, a Registered Clinical Psychologist living and working in Christchurch, New Zealand.
My blog post So, what’s a Clinical Psychologist then? describes the work my colleagues and I do.
I work with adults aged 18 and over and I am part of the team at Christchurch PsychMed, a clinic in St Albans consisting of Consultant Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists and two super-star Administrators. I am also able to provide Professional Development and Supervision services. I describe my Clinical Practice in greater detail here.
I know there is significant unmet need for Mental Health services in our community. In response I have collated two collections of mental health resources which I routinely recommend, for COVID 19 specifically, and for mental health distress generally.
COVID 19 Update
Christchurch PsychMed is working hard to fulfill the Ministry of Health requirements for working with people face to face. I am pleased to say I am able to see clients in person at the Christchurch PsychMed clinic when they are well and have not had contact with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases. I am available for appointments via Zoom or telephone where necessary.
A Brief Bio
I studied at the University of Otago between 1996 and 2004, completing a Masters of Science (with Distinction) in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. In 2004, I moved to Wellington where I worked with the Department of Corrections and then the local District Health Board. During this time I began in private practice, initially as a consultant for the Corrections Department. Following the birth of our daughter in 2008, I was keen to return home to Christchurch. Back in Christchurch I worked for the Otago University Medical School in Christchurch as a therapist on a research trial investigating effective therapies for Depression. I moved into private practice following the birth of our son in 2011.
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